Hlywa, Michael L.

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Michael L. Hlywa, age 87, of Gaylord, passed away with his precious family by his side on Saturday, January 6, 2018.

Mike was born in Detroit on November 21, 1930 to Michael and Stella (Sincissen) Hlywa. On August 12, 1950 he married his beautiful wife, Lucy Rusak.   He proudly served in the US Navy during the Korean War.

Mike was a living example of ALL things good.  He was an honorable, honest, kind and traditional man with core values that ran deep.  He lived life as a proud American and his Patriotism and freedom were never taken for granted. He loved the outdoors as a fisherman, skier, scuba diver and enjoyed raising horses.  He was the past President of the Top of Michigan Horse Club.   The family created many fond memories on horse back with camp outs in the Pigeon River.  Mike was very dedicated to his Catholic faith and he was a member of the 4th degree Knights of Columbus.  Mike was an encourager of dreams, a patient mentor to all, and “loved life”.  He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather.

Mike moved his family to Gaylord in 1960 and instilled a love of the outdoors and nature in his family, and worked in the petroleum industry.  He and Lucy moved to Manistique in 2000 and enjoyed living on Indian Lake with their wonderful friends and neighbors for 17 years, and just recently moved back to Gaylord to be closer to family.

Mike is survived by his wife, Lucy, the love of his life for 67 years; children, Danny  (Diana) Hlywa, Linda  (Dan Naru) Burzynski, Susan  (Robert) Topp; grandchildren, Michael J. and Michelle Hlywa, Joshua (Maggie) Burzynski, Tara (Andy) Wolff, Matthew, Michael (Alla), Jamie and Sarah Topp; great-grandchildren, Katie, Lucy and Izzy.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 11 AM from St. Mary Cathedral in Gaylord.

Visitation will take place from the Nelson Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 9, from 4PM – 7PM and on Wednesday at the cathedral beginning at 10 AM until the time of Mass.

A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be offered Tuesday evening at the funeral home beginning at 6 PM.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Michael’s honor may be made to the family, for a charity of their choice.

Funeral arrangements were entrusted to Nelson Funeral Home and Cremation Service, P.O. Box 1548, Gaylord, MI 49734.

10 comments on “Hlywa, Michael L.”

  1. Best to the family in trying times. My earliest memory of Mike was his taking the time to talk to a young pup gas station attendant at my fathers station. He would always ask me how my day was going and then offer some saged advice like it could be worse you could have my job ( all with a smile ). He truly was and still is a character that will be missed by those who had the chance to call him a friend. Thanks Mike for all the memories.

  2. Barb and Chuck Holland

    Our thoughts and prayers. As neighbors of our place in Manistique, Mike was always welcoming and helpful. It has been our pleasure to have Mike and Lucy as friends. We will always think of them fondly and will remember the good times and good laughs. Barb and Chuck Holland – Manistique and Durand, MI

  3. When you meet someone in life and that person impacts the way you view life . . . that’s good. Mike and I shared our names on a Antrim oil pad, not many of his friends can make that claim. My sincere thoughts and condolences to the Hlywa Family. No doubt his memories will live on and on.

  4. Pamella J Bordner

    So sorry for your loss! Mike always had a hug and a smile whenever I saw him and Lucy. He will be missed by everyone that knew him, but mostly by his family, Hugs, love, prayers sent to all.

  5. Mike and Lucy were a one in a million couple. They set an example of love, Christ and honesty. My heart goes out to Lucy and their family for their loss in this world. Mike has forged ahead into the everlasting life and his eyes will protect those he loved. God’s Blessings upon you.
    Love, Lois Forte

  6. Lucy and family, Mike was a wonderful person. I always remember the golf outings with you, Mike, my parents, Schlangs and many others in attendance. Mike will be missed by all that knew him, My thoughts and prayers are with your entire family.

  7. Richard,Becky Shavinski

    Lucy and Family…The years have past since Mike and I chatted, our prayers will be with you. Mike always touched my heart with his sincerity, and common good wisdom. May he Rest in Peace. Dick & Becky Shavinski

  8. We all suffer the loss of one of the finest men I have had the pleasure of knowing and having his friendship. My thoughts are with the family and especially with Lucy. Rest in heavenly peace Michael.

  9. I only had a short moment with Mike and his family. From the love and care each showed the others it was obvious he was a kind man who cared deeply for his family. During this time of sorrow may you know you are in God’s arms and my prayers.

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